Cross River governor appoints 1,106 new advisers

Cross River governor appoints 1,106 new advisers

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Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, on Tuesday, appointed 1,106 persons into various positions.

The positions were in the categories of special advisers, special assistants, personal assistants, and the chairmen and members of boards, commissions, departments and agencies.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, the governor said the appointments would take effect from November 1, 2016.

In a chat with journalists earlier in August, the governor had reiterated his decision to appoint over 1,000 political appointees for poverty alleviation in the state.

So far, there are 28 commissioners in addition to 65 special advisers and over 100 special assistants, personal assistants and community relations officers.

A breakdown of the latest appointment shows that 799 were appointed into various boards, commissions and agencies, while the remaining 307 appointees were categorised into special advisers (six), senior special advisers (30), special assistants (75) and Personal Assistants (25).

Others are personal assistants to paramount rulers (16), representatives of each local government in the state food bank unit (90), liaison officers for the 18 local government area and three senatorial districts (21), special assistants on religious affairs (18) and permanent secretaries (26).

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